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10-06-20 | Feature

Firms of Florida - LEUNG planning + design

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

THE QUARRY, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
The city retained LEUNG planning + design team to conduct a feasibility study and develop a master plan for the old Vulcan Quarry. This site encompasses approximately 200 acres of the central quarry lake, with an old quarry in the woodlands possibly dating back to the 1700's. The site is bordered on three sides by residential neighborhoods and opens up to an existing public golf course to the north. The geography of this site makes it very desirable for developing into a regional park that will serve the greater Winston-Salem area as well as the neighborhood area. The LEUNG planning + design team worked closely with the city to prepare a series of site analyses to understand the land and explore master plan concepts with public input sessions. The comprehensive master plan and possible phasing of this public park development was accepted by the city.
The Islander Resort, Islamorada, Florida
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Inspired by the classic elegance of the Florida Keys, the resort buildings and landscape were extensively renovated and restored in 2002. On September 2017, the resort was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma, and then was completely restored to a higher level of accommodation and outdoor experience. Leung planning + design was involved in the project's landscape master plan, the design concepts through construction documents, the hardscape designs, and detailing.
Los Siete Colores Plan Maestro, OthA?n P. Blanco, Quintana Roo, MA(C)xico
Leung planning + design was engaged to create an ecotourism and resort destination master plan for a project that included 1,700 hectares in peninsula and islands located in the inner coastal area of Bahia Chetumal. The initial task to create this master plan was developing a thorough understanding of the site through studying and analyzing the environmental opportunities and constraints of the area and developing a vision for the overall framework that promotes a strong sense of place and long-term sustainability.
Carnes Community Concept, Davenport, Florida
The firm was called upon for the Carnes Community land development master planning, landscape architectural planning and design. The landscape architect envisioned 4,000 acres of standard sand and silica located in Davenport/Polk County, Central Florida. The focus of the project was to continue and ensure the legacy of making this area a better place to live and work. Within the master plan, the edges of developments are defined by geographic boundaries derived from existing natural watersheds and wetland delineations. The community is made up of multiple villages and neighborhoods, each with its own identifiable center and community character. The scheme is further described by the addition of a unique landscape architectural design criteria for the community. A majority of the existing natural landscape was conservation areas. The wetland mitigation and landscape vocabulary of the built environment asked to retain and employ native vegetation and to have minimal impact on environmentally sensitive areas.

The firm's founder and principal, Antonio D. Leung, is a registered Landscape Architect in Florida and four other states. Leung leads a group of three licensed Landscape Architects and has had extensive practice and projects in the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia for forty years. We serve our clients with creativity, innovative solutions, and the highest level of client service. As a firm, we assemble and collaborate with multi-disciplinary consulting teams with various specialties to build consensus around a vision for the project. Leung planning + design incorporates AutoCAD, Microsoft Project and Excel, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup, Adobe Bridge, and M-color into the landscape architecture process. Our landscape architects develop and document specific project requirements such as design objectives, opportunities, constraints, and more.

Editor's Note: With the ASLA annual meeting and EXPO in Miami canceled this year due to safety concerns amid the COVID-19 health pandemic, LASN still wanted to highlight the landscape architectural work of firms from the southeast region. LASN asked the firms to send us a short biographical profile, plus photography from selected projects, with a brief description of the design work for each project. We let the firms speak for themselves in their profiles and in describing the projects, although some editing was required because of space restraints and not all photography and projects could be included. Thank you, firms of Florida and Alabama for participating!

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